I woke up this morning intent on making a plan. Don't ask me why. I've been plan-free for far too long. Sure, I may not have much time to craft - but I actually need a few things and I'm on a budget. I find myself in a circumstance where I have fabric and, Lord knows, I have patterns. I even have a few garments that I've invested the time to scale to my particular dimensions.
I started thinking. (Note: It's very good to have hobbies when you wake up stressing in the night.) And then it clicked.
What do I wear? Knits.
What looks good on me? Knits.
What's most comfortable? Knits.
What do I have all of the gizmos to sew best? Knits.
What tends to be quick (if you've got the fitting sorted out)? Knits.
You see where I'm going with this...
not setting any timelines. I don't know when I'll have energy and I'm
not desperate for any of this. But, as one might go shopping on a
Saturday morning, perhaps I can shop the fabric satash, and get a fun
activity in the bargain.
one I said I'd never make again. Why do I put these things in writing?
Alas, it's seriously flattering and I wear the one I've got CONSTANTLY. I
want another. With sleeves for winter.
Because I had
such a miserable experience making this the last time (and that one
didn't even have sleeves), I'm opting to muslin (with some canary yellow
rayon jersey). Yeah, I know that kind of kills the fast 'n easy factor,
but it's likely to create a finished product that I love. The yellow
fabric has beautiful drape but the colour is crazy. I mean, if by some
miracle it all comes together in the muslin and I love the colour at the
end, I guess I'll call it wearable. But I do intend to make it again,
kinks worked out, in a blue jersey I just received from Fabrications:
swear, it's navy and it's LOVELY. Why does everything I buy look grey
on screen? I photographed this 15 ways and it's either wan, or
indistinguishable. Got 2 yards and it's 75" wide!
Here's a photo from the website (it's not accurate either, btw, the fabric is more black):
When I got my recent Fabrications order in the mail, I had to laugh at
how everything I'd bought was some shade of blue meets grey: "denim"
ponte, modal/rayon navy jersey, rayon/wool knit in "dusty blue", slate
grey ponte. I'm ridiculous.
Hudson Pant (take 5):
tech drawing is gratuitous, right? You couldn't possibly not know about
these. Oh, and if you're looking for an alternative waistband method,
please do check out my Tutorial.
do these in that denim ponte (I got the last 1.25 yards of the bolt and
Fabrications sent it to me for free because it was vaguely dusty. They
also paid to ship it to me. Note: They sent me free fabric for free.
Can't tell you how much I love the client service...):
Or maybe in the slate ponte (though I might want to save this for a dress):
can't tell in my photo but this is a very rich grey with lots of
texture. And it's has a beautiful weight. I have just over 2 yards and
it's 70" wide!
Highly-Modified, Vintage Simplicity 3302:
may recall that I altered this to work with knit fabric. I made it in
coral jersey last weekend and, while the fit is almost there (this thing
has taken a lot of tweeking), the colour is just too much for a top
that's this "present". There's a lot of fabric happening and the style
is not modern. I think it warrants a neutral lest it become
I'll make this, potentially, in that
navy modal/rayon jersey too. I'll have enough of it... (But not till I'm
sure it's going to work because I really like that fabric).
Jennifer Lauren's second pattern is a cutie. Too cute for me, I thought, till I saw Jane's version.
I don't know how this one will work out for me, but I did spend an hour
modifying the pattern at the armscye and sleeve to match my sloper.
Whether this works will remain to be seen - first time sewing anything
is a crap shoot - but I've hedged my bets with some pre-fitting. I'll
muslin using a stable grey sweatshirt fabric I got a while ago. I think
it's horribly off-grain, so it'll take a bit of finessing, but I don't
love the fabric and I'm ready to be done with it. I ordered a yard and I
don't think that's even what I received... Note: I did not buy this from Fabrications.
My final 2, potential easy knits are Style Arc patterns: The Rosie top and Becky Yoga Pants.
you might be saying - haven't you tried to make that Rosie top 15 time
now? And isn't meant for a woven? Um, yes and yes. I've finally decided
to make it up in a knit fabric to see if it allows me a modicum of
additional ease (but with recovery). I do believe I've finalized the
fitting of the woven pattern - just can't take another woven failure
right now. At least, if a knit version of the top fails, I can blame it
on going off-road with the fabric.
The Becky is another
one I haven't made before but I can use my Hudson pant crotch curve
against it (or my Kwik Sew one) so as not to reinvent that wheel. This
one is the outlier, truly, as I don't really need more yoga pants and
I'm not sure what fabric I'd use. Good to have options though!
So that's where I'm at. This post has taken a ridiculous amount of time - time I might have spent cutting fabric, so off I go!
do tell which of these you like the best? What do you think of the Easy
Knits Project - a little creative, a little bit easy and a whole lot of
fun, no? Let's talk!